Grow Montana Pulses
Many factors are driving the growth of the pulse industry in Montana. One factor is improved availability of information. The links below provide access to a wide array of useful resources for pulse growers on the following topics: industry dynamics, market information, and crop production guidance.
Statistics show that the total acreage of chickpeas, dry peas, and lentils in Montana is expected to ride by nearly 1.5 million acres by 2019.
Along with acreage increase, we are also seeing a rise in revenue generation for farmers who are exporting pulse crops.
Click here to see how export revenue has risen for Montana farmers
The market for pulse products is diverse and global. Montana currently exports whole pulses to countries such as India, Japan, and Pakistan where pulses are a major food staple. The properties of pulse ingredients open the doors wide to opportunities for product development as well. Pulses can be milled and separated (fractionated) into highly functional components (protein, fiber, and starch) utilized to enhance processed foods in domestic and global markets.
County Acreage Maps
To view pulse crop acreage at the county level categorized by crop type, click on the year's data you would like to review. The Montana Department of Agriculture created these maps using USDA Farm Service Agency reported acres data, and has access to this data for the past seven years. To see previous years data, please contact Treston Vermandel of the Montana Department of Agriculture.
Montana Pulse Nutrition & Feed Analysis
The nutritional benefits of pulses are outstanding, both as whole and fractionated food products for humans and as feed for livestock of all kinds.
Click here to read our Pulse Buyers Guide
We also compiled a nutritional analysis of yellow peas, as well as a finished feed analysis of yellow peas. The numbers speak for themselves! If you are interested in the nutritional content of other pulse crops, contact Treston Vermandel.
Pulse Research & Development
The Montana Department of Agriculture authored a paper which discusses the current and potential future impacts of pulse production in Montana.
Click here to read the full Montana's Pulse Industry Report
Interested in accessing funds to determine if pulse products can increase your farm's bottom line? The Montana Pulse Advisory Committee manages a research and development program for pulse products in Montana.
Click here for Pulse Crop Research and Market Development Grant Info
Click on a red dot to get information on Montana Pulse Facilities